We customarily get a good look in the palm trees for the parrots which became established from a small group of escapees from the 1970s. They did not dissappoint.
We saw several groups squawking and flying. They are very social animals - highly intelligent and in great need of companionship. As I may have mentioned before, Skip says they're like a three-year-old with a can-opener on its face.
I believe these are red-crowned parrots. Others seen in this area are red-lored parakeets, white-crowned parrots (we saw some today), yellow-headed, and lilac-crowned parrots.
The black phoebe seemed to follow us wherever we went. I got this shot through Bob's spotting scope.
We then stopped in for lunch at El Gallito in San Benito. According to TripAdvisor it is the #1 restaurant out of 26 in that town. We had taquitos de bistek with charro beans. I give it a 3 out of 5. They didn't give us a pile of fried onions and the beans were from a can. El Cien near Los Fresnos, Mexiquito in Port Isabel, and Cap'n Roy's in SPI are our favourites.
Last year Skip picked up a free calendar at the SPI visitors' centre from Our Lady of San Juan del Valle Basilica in San Juan, about 30 more minutes up the valley from Harlingen. We see the huge mosaic mural from the highway every time we drive by. Today we stopped in to check it out.
We have a list of about 10 things we want to do while we're in the McAllen area. Eating at El Gallito and visiting the basilica were two things we were able to check off today.
The weather is supposed to be hot (29C - 31C) for the next few days and mostly sunny. It should be a good weekend.